Meetings

We Had So Much Fun!!!

At our Norwalk Garden Club Meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 12, many guests came to enjoy our presentation speaker, Gary Z (Gary Z of Stamford) with a demonstration about Holiday Arrangements. His banter, his

Gary Z arrangement using colored oasis

Gary Z arrangement using colored oasis

creativity, and his arrangements delighted everyone. He identified three new trends this 2014 holiday season: “Lots of Littles” (using six to eight pots of flowers on a silver tray), “Non-Tradional Colors” (turquoise, pink and yellow), and” Mixing Metals” (silver, gold and/or copper). Of course, he demonstrated  each new idea and gave such very helpful suggestions about plant sources, supplies and tools, including the Radial-Pinpoint Design approach. Best of all, he introduced colored Oasis which was quite a surprise to us. The audience just loved him.

This talk followed our monthly meeting conducted by President Jan Broome and the Executive Board: Laura Fanzilli, Janet Valus, Jackie Albert and Sally Damato.  If one of these ladies is a friend or neighbor, ask them about being a Garden Club member. They’ll tell you that everyone is welcomed and appreciated.

Steps to Create Floral StationeryNorwalk Garden Club: Holiday Fair right around the corner

Chair Nancy Lefort suggests these five steps and adds: “This is just one of the many things made by Norwalk Garden Club members to sell at our craft fair — all handmade.”

Knowing Nancy, I can tell you she knows how to make them all! Wait until you see them.

•Pick flat flowers and press in phone book or photo album until dry. Wait until papery.

•Make stationery paper in three layers: waxed paper, pressed flowers, and Kleenex tissues.

•Apply heat and hang to set.

•Iron smooth and trim to fit desired size.

•Package into sizes: thank you notes, notepaper, celebratory cards, etc.

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Our member, Carole Schor, showed us techniques used in Ikebana flower arranging at our April 2014 meeting.  Carole has attained the teacher course – fourth level – of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana of Japan.       002

 

March 2014 meeting:   Bill Duesing, our guest speaker for March, enlightened us on the value of our bill-deusing ecosystem, “greening-up” our yards, and managing invasive plants without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.  Bill founded and presided over CT-NOFA (Northeast Organic Farmers’ Association), and has authored numerous essays promoting a sustainable earth through organic methods.

 

Nick Mancini pic

Organic gardener, Nick Mancini, enlightened us in February with his thorough knowledge of “Sewing Spring Crops the Organic Way”.  Nick explained the numerous benefits of organic gardening with organic fertilizers, the critical role that soil preparation plays for optimal plant growth. He also discussed, sowing seeds both indoors and out, transplanting the seedlings, and organic pest management.  Nick has ongoing lectures in Fairfield County.  Please check out his website for further details!   http://organicgardeningsimplified.com/

008David Westmoreland, Vice Chairman of the Norwalk Historical Commission, was our guest speaker at the September meeting. He gave an excellent overview of projects in the works to revamp Norwalk’s valuable historical resources.

[David Westmoreland http://www.tuliptreeinc.com/]

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Paula Golub demonstrates the art of designing terrariums at the April meeting.   (please click on each picture for enlarged view)

April - Paula demonstrates

April - Air terrariums  April - Wet terrariums

Gail & Evelyn “dolled up” for the March meeting (below);  Betsy, Gaye & Jeanne having fun over refreshments!

Gail & Evelyn "dolled up" for March meeting!    Betsy, Jeanne & Gaye sharing a laugh!